Israel to Require Temperature Checks at Work as Economy Slowly Reopens

By Kurt Stolz on 19 April 2020
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The Mahane Yehuda Shuk, an open-air market

Israel’s prime minister said that the government will loosen some restrictions on personal life and the economy in the days ahead.

The government is introducing a purple ribbon or seal certification that serves to indicate that employers are meeting certain conditions at the workplace.  These conditions include requiring employees to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing of 6’ (2 m), and undergo regular temperature checks.  The certification forbids meetings of more than eight people and requires companies to document who works where and when for tracing purposes.  It also requires employers to regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops.

“In order to cut the bureaucracy, they will not have to get a permit from the authorities, but [they will have to] declare that they are working according to guidelines, and we will monitor that,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday night.

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Israel is 13,265, and the death toll there currently stands at 164.

Standalone shops, meaning those not in malls, will be allowed to reopen with the exception of beauty salons; and clothing, toy, and shoe stores.  Malls and open-air markets will also remain closed for the time being.

Jerusalem’s mayor, Moshe Lion, told Prime Minister Netanyahu that he wants to reopen the Mahane Yehuda open-air market, which is often referred to as the Shuk, which is the Hebrew word for market.  In a letter to the prime minister and the country’s health minister, he said that the Jerusalem government would put into place “municipal supervision to ensure that Health Ministry guidelines are enforced while stores open.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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